Junior Brother performs ‘Hungover At Mass’ live for This Ain’t No Disco, the online Irish music showcase directed by Myles O’Reilly hosted by DJ and visual artist Donal Dineen.
Junior Brother is an experimental folk singer/ songwriter from Co. Kerry, Ireland, playing sometimes humorous, sometimes heady tunes. Strange stories, poetic and arcane, unfold with reckless abandon upon an idiosyncratic Guitar and Foot Tambourine accompaniment.
Unique, experimental and distinctly Irish, his material draws heavily in tone and subject matter from his upbringing in rural Ireland, and a wild love of language.
Currently based in Dublin, Junior Brother’s played the annual Whelan’s Ones to Watch festival the last two years, as well as The Ruby Sessions in Doyle’s of Dublin, and has played support for acts such as the Hot House Flowers, The Spook of the Thirteenth Lock and R.S.A.G.
JB has taken his striking live performance style to stations such as 98fm and Radio Nova, and has seen his songs aired on such national broadcasters as 2fm and Lyric FM.
“When I was listening to him – you know when you’re having that thing where you’re ‘I can’t decide if this guy is a genius or if I don’t like it’. And then I settled on ‘No, this guy’s a genius'”
Eoghan McDermott, 2fm
“Carries that inimitable Kerry trait and proud tradition of being a bona-fide storyteller….perhaps the strongest traits in his music and persona are a lack of cowardice mixed with talent.”
Remy’s Music and Film Blog
“His songs are full of emotion, and also lots and lots of humour…could only be written in Ireland.”
John Barker, Totally Irish 98fm
“Junior Brother has a freshness of sound that will bring even the most reluctant types into the fond embrace of Irish folk music.”
Stacey Wrenn, tn2 Magazine
Influences include Richie Kavanagh, Harp music (Derek Bell, Alan Stivell), Dessie O’Halloran, Early music (Ensemble Unicorn, David Munrow), Joanna Newsom and Richard Dawson.